Superbloom

Flooding the moat with flowers for the Platinum Jubilee

Flooding the moat with flowers for the Platinum Jubilee

What to expect on your visit

01 June to 18 September 2022

The Tower of London's Superbloom is the beautiful new naturalistic landscape of the historic moat, marking the Platinum Jubilee year of Her Majesty the Queen.

Designed to be a haven for pollinating insects and seed-eating birds in the heart of the City of London, the display will transform the moat into an evolving sea of colours and scents over the course of the summer.

On arrival, visitors can slide into the famous moat on our Superbloom slide! Or for a more conventional entry, there is a fully accessible visitor entrance just off the Causeway taking you into the weaving pathways. The Superbloom slide, repurposed from an original commissioned by the National Trust for Cliveden House, will have planters running alongside to compliment the Superbloom flowers. Slide availability is subject to weather conditions and demand.

Visitors continue through the Superbloom display along winding willow-lined paths set to a specially commissioned soundscape with sculptural elements along the way including The Nest - a woven wicker sculpture - helping you feel at home among the bees and butterflies.  

It promises to be a feast for the senses.

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Queen's Garden

A 'Queen's Garden' will be created as part of the Tower of London Superbloom. The concept for the garden has been developed by Andrew Grant and James Clarke of Grant Associates, the lead designers for the Superbloom project and draws on the colours, shapes and motifs employed by Hartnell for the coronation gown. The layout of the space -  with its concentric scalloped hedging -  is intended to evoke the scalloped tiers of embroidery which feature on the gown’s silk skirt. Nigel Dunnett – the Lead Horticulturalist for Superbloom – has selected a delicate semi-formal structure of shrubs such as lavender, santolina and brachyglottis greyi to frame a sparkling mix of summer flowers, hinting at the gold bugle beads, pearls and diamante which dazzled viewers around the world on coronation day.

12 cast glass forms representing the national emblems featured in Hartnell’s embroidered design, including the thistle of Scotland, the Australian wattle and Canadian maple leaf will rise from the garden. In the centre, will sit a glass crown, a reminder of the Tower of London’s ancient role as home of the Crown Jewels; the sacred regalia used in Her Majesty’s coronation, and those of previous British monarchs. Specially created for the Queen’s Garden by glass artist Max Jacquard, these hand-crafted artworks will catch the light and provide an elegant visual spectacle.

Artist drawing of a garden with glass orbs in the middle of a grass area

Superbloom flowers

Over 20 million seeds from 29 flower species will be planted in the Tower of London moat to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen as part of the Superbloom flower display. Each of the flower species have been specially selected for their colour and ability to attract pollinating insects.

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Superbloom pollinators

Creating a new biodiverse habitat in the heart of London, learn more about the pollinating insects that can be found in the Tower moat and in your own garden.

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Surprising facts about the Tower of London moat

As we prepare to fill the moat with a beautiful floral display in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, here are some surprising facts about the moat at the Tower of London. 

Tower of London moat facts

Grow with us

Why not grow your own display of flowers wherever you are using our specially selected Superbloom seed mix. No garden is too big or small! You can sow your seeds in your garden, a planter or a window box.

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Queen Elizabeth II meets an enthusiastic crowd at St Katharine's Dock near the Tower of London, one of the stops on her Silver Jubilee river progress from Greenwich to Lambeth.

A History of Royal Jubilees

In celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, we look back at the history of royal jubilee celebrations through the ages. 

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Superbloom Schools

Discover how schools are taking part in Superbloom.

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Superbloom Communities

Learn more about how local community groups are taking part in Superbloom.

Communities programme

Get involved

We are currently recruiting volunteers for Superbloom at the Tower of London in 2022. To find out more, please register using the sign up form.

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Patriotic Londoners mingle with tourists on the Mall to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

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Platinum Jubilee

Make Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee a celebration to remember. As well as coming to see Superbloom, why not visit our unique experiences across our palaces that you won’t want to miss.

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Moat legacy

The Tower’s ‘Superbloom’ is the first stage of installing a natural landscape in the moat in the heart of the City of London.

It will see the moat become a welcoming new habitat and a green haven for pollinators, insects and seed-eating birds.

When the ‘Superbloom’ display ends in September 2022, the new natural landscape created to support it will remain in the moat as a permanent Jubilee legacy.

Download the Superbloom Augmented Reality app

Create and share your own Superbloom in augmented reality. Virtually plant seeds wherever you are to see the flowers grow all around you and spot the pollinators attracted to the blooms. if you cannot visit the Tower of London Superbloom this summer, you can recreate the experience wherever you are with this app, using augmented reality powered by Niantic's Lightship. The ‘Tower Superbloom AR’ app is free and available to download from the Apple and Google Play stores.

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Food and drink

Book a table with a view overlooking the iconic London skyline and the River Thames for a seated lunch or afternoon tea at The Reveller.

Alternatively, the Glass Rooms offer a dining experience like no other. With their panoramic views of the River Thames, Tower Bridge, The Shard and the Tower of London, these 12 exclusive and intimate Glass Rooms offer a unique setting for your ultimate dining experience. For one summer only, from June to September, we’ll be serving a menu inspired by our British growers and farmers all in the privacy of your own private dining space.

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Our sponsors

Superbloom is generously supported by:

Platinum Partners, Coronation Crown
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Rothschild & Co
Schroders

Platinum Partner, State Crown
Bloomberg

Platinum Partner, Diadem
Marsh

Donors
Historic Royal Palaces, Inc
The City of London Corporation
Garfield Weston Foundation
The Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust
The Hiscox Foundation
and others who wish to remain anonymous

City of London Livery Companies
The Grocers' Company
The Drapers' Company
The Fishmongers' Company
The Goldsmiths' Company Charity
The Merchant Taylors' Company
The Clothworkers' Company
The Wax Chandlers’ Company
The Tallow Chandlers’ Company
The Saddlers’ Company
The Airpilots' Company
The Builders’ Merchants Company
The Actuaries' Company
The Engineers’ Company

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01 June - 18 September

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